how to troubleshoot a home search

How to Troubleshoot a Home Search

The home-buying process often takes twists and turns. If you find yourself missing out on homes when they hit the market, or you can’t find the exact home you want, it's time to rethink…
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What are Real Estate Disclosures and How Can They Affect You?

In most parts of the country, sellers and their agents are required to document any known defects—current or past—to potential buyers. But some sellers don’t play by the rules and will try…
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What You Should Know About Homes ‘For Sale By Owner’

When someone sells their own home, does it simplify the process for buyers? Or does it make things more complicated? Here's what you should know about homes 'for sale by owner' or FSBO…
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Do You Own the Air Rights Over Your Property?

In New York City, real estate developers can pay up to $300 per square foot for the "air rights" over a low-rise building. But what about people outside Manhattan? Do you own the…
How to buy a house in 2016

How to Buy a House in 2017

Buying a home isn’t like buying a new car or a tablet. It may seem like all the information you need is available online or through real estate apps. But there’s more…
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People Who Go to Open Houses — A Field Guide

In real estate showings, the Sunday open house is still the gold standard. But not everyone who goes is a potential buyer. Here are the five types of people who go to open…
how to price your home just right

How to Price Your Home Just Right

Pricing a home for sale is an art vs. a science. If priced competitively from the beginning, a home will sell at the higher end of its value range. The longer it lingers, the…
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Why You Should Live in a New Home Before Renovating

In competitive markets, savvy consumers gravitate toward fixer-upper homes. Why? They can customize the home to their requirements and at the same time, build some equity. But before you start knocking down walls,…
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How the Local Government Might Delay Your Home Sale

When it's time to sell your home, there's one important task many people don't think about it: Checking with their local government, to be sure it has accurate information about the home. Here's how the…
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How to Protect Your Escrow Deposit

After making an offer on a property that the seller accepts, it’s time to put money down to show you’re serious. The amount can be a few thousand dollars, up to 3…